Facial bones

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 01 Dec 2021

The facial bones comprise a set of 14 bones that make up the face. Collectively the facial bones are also known as the viscerocranium or splanchnocranium. The facial bones and neurocranium together form the skull 1,2.

A suture is formed where two or more of the bones (except for the mandible) articulate with each other at a fibrous joint.

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: frontal view
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  • Figure 2: lateral view
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  • Figure 3: medial view of the medial nasal cavity skeleton
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  • Figure 4: frontal view of the orbital skeleton
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  • Figure 5: Gray's illustration
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  • Figure 6: Gray's illustration
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